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IDAHO

Chapter 4 of the Idaho State Board of Education Special Education Manual specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:
  • Autism
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-9)
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Health Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Learning Disability (Including Specific Learning Disability)
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Speech or Language Impairment: Language
  • Speech or Language Impairment: Speech (Including Articulation/Phonology Disorder, Fluency Disorder, and Voice Disorder)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment Including Blindness
Download the .pdf for more on the definitions and evaluation criteria for these disabilities.
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ILLINOIS

Title 23, Subtitle A, Chapter I, Subchapter f, Part 226, Subpart A, Section 226.75 of the Illinois Administrative Code specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:
  • Autism (including, "but not be limited to, any Autism Spectrum Disorder that adversely affects a child's educational performance")
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Emotional Disability
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-9)
For more on the definitions and evaluation criteria for these disabilities, see 34 CFR 300.8(c) of the federal IDEA regulations.
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INDIANA

Title 511, Article 7, Rule 41 of the Indiana State Board of Education Special Education Rules specifies the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Blind or Low Vision
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Deaf-Blind
  • Developmental Delay (ages 3-5)
  • Emotional Disability
  • Language or Speech Impairment
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Download the .pdf for more on the definitions and evaluation criteria for these disabilities.
Read more about special education in Indiana and share your own experience.
 

IOWA

The Iowa Administrative Rules of Special Education specify the following disabilities as making a child eligible for special education:
  • Autism
  • Behavior Disorder
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
Download the rules and amendments for more on the definitions and evaluation criteria for these disabilities.
Read more about special education in Iowa and share your own experience.
 

Note: Information for this article was gathered in September 2011. As state laws and regulations change, this information may change as well. The NECTAC page on States' Part B Rules, Regulations and Policies, which was a big help in finding references for this article, updates links to state laws and regulations monthly, and is a good place to check for additional information.

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